Wednesday, October 8, 2008

When you say, "That's so gay". Do you realize what you say? Knock it off.

The AD Council in conjunction with GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network), has put out some commercials that address an issue that really bothers the heck out of me. Especially when my very own friends use the term "That's so gay" right in front of my face! Extremely upsetting and annoying, to say the least. Especially since it's grammatically incorrect!

They also launched a new website that contains more videos and tons of helpful information.

From their new website:

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens experience homophobic remarks and harassment throughout the school day, creating an atmosphere where they feel disrespected, unwanted and unsafe. Homophobic remarks such as “that’s so gay” are the most commonly heard; these slurs are often unintentional and a common part of teens’ vernacular. Most do not recognize the consequences, but the casual use of this language often carries over into more overt harassment.

This campaign aims to raise awareness about the prevalence and consequences of anti-LGBT bias and behavior in America’s schools. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce and prevent the use of homophobic language in an effort to create a more positive environment for LGBT teens. The campaign also aims to reach adults, including school personnel and parents; their support of this message is crucial to the success of efforts to change behavior.

1 comment:

GDad said...

Yeah. I don't know when this particular linguistic idiocy started, but it wasn't around when I was in school.